Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins is the senior rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue in Sydney. He received his BA in English Literature from Stanford University and his JD from Boalt Hall School of Law, practicing law in Los Angeles briefly before beginning rabbinic studies. After receiving his rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in the US, Rabbi Kamins arrived at Emanuel as assistant rabbi in 1989 and was appointed senior rabbi in 1999. He is an advocate for social justice, inclusion and the environment.
Rabbi Kamins is an active member of the Sydney Jewish community. He is rabbinic advisor to Emanuel School, the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. He is a member of the Council of Masorti Rabbis of Australia and the Council of Progressive Rabbis of Australia, Asia and New Zealand. He is a member of the board of the Shalom Institute, a Chaplin for the Australian Army, and one of the Jewish representatives for the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.
Rabbi Kamins was invited to join the Voiceless Council in 2011 and became a Voiceless Director in 2015.